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Find Top Freelance Programmers Effectively

by YOSS Community Writer, on January 27, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Have you ever been in a meeting like this: someone says, "It would be great if we had an iPhone app to support our business!" Everyone thinks it's a great idea. Excitement is in the air. Then the VP of Technology raises a finger. "I don't think we have any iPhone developers on staff."


Every technology business runs into situations where they need freelance programmers. However, hiring the right one can be a bit tricky. You don't have the expertise in the field you are hiring for, which is exactly why you're hiring a freelancer!

This can potentially cause you to hire the wrong person—and spend a lot of money in the process. To avoid this costly mistake and get your company started on its next project, let's look at how to find freelance programmers.

What Are Your Needs?

In order to find the right programmer, you must first know what work you need done. This may seem obvious, but not all coders are the same. It isn't enough to know that you need a website updated or even that you need the work done in a particular language.

Before you start your search to find freelance coders, work out every particular of your project. This is harder than it sounds, though; let's consider the iPhone app discussed above.

You may know how you want the app to work. However, unless you have a design plan with every screen laid out, you may put yourself in the position of asking a programmer to design your app. Not only will this be expensive, but great programmers are not necessarily great designers and you may not like the results.

Concrete Deliverables

When your freelancer is finished, you want something to show for it. Feature creep—defined as the “tendency to constantly add features which inevitably leads to complex products that are confusing and hard to use”—is very real.

If you allow your project to float with unclear deliverables, it’s possible that you may you never have a final product. Remember: you can always create another version—maybe even by hiring the same freelancer again.

Determine The Project’s Scope

You shouldn't hire a freelancer on a floating basis. Once you know what you want the programmer to do, you need to determine how many resources you will dedicate to the project. Part of this is the time of the freelancer, but it also involves support staff and other tasks that are necessary to complete the project (e.g., design specifications).

Consult with your technical staff to determine what skills the freelancer will need, what resources you will need to provide, and some idea of how much time the project will take.

Freelancers will, of course, help you to determine how much work a project will require, but it’s best to have a good idea going in.

Find Your Freelancer

At this point, you should know the extent of your project, how much time it will take, and the skills your freelancer should have.

When it’s time to start your freelancer search, it’s generally a bad idea to post a job on a site like Craigslist. This usually results in being flooded by offers from programmers, the vast majority of whom are unqualified. It's better to post job openings on a site like YOSS, which specializes in finding freelancers with the skill set you need.

In doing this, you’re able to search for the talent yourself. This allows you to pair up with the best freelancers, even if they’re busy with myriad projects and not exactly looking at job postings.

That doesn't mean they aren't looking for new clients, however. Freelancers are almost always looking for new clients! If you approach them directly with a project that’s defined and outlined, they will most likely show interest.

Choosing the Right Freelancer

The top freelance programmers have a track record that helps you see the work they’ve done and determine if they are right for your project. This should make it relatively easy to find a handful of candidates to choose from.

Test the Candidate

Once you've decided on a single candidate, offer them a test. This is typically a smaller task related to the main project you’re hiring for, and you should pay the freelancer for their work. It’s well worth the cost, though, because the test will help protect your main project from being completed unsatisfactorily.

If the test goes well, great! You’re now in a position to move forward. If it doesn't go well, simply repeat the process with another candidate.


Hiring the right freelance programmer is really just a matter of being systematic and prepared. Choosing the right source to search for talent is also critically important.

Sign up with YOSS where you will find pre-vetted programmers with validated skills in any technology you may need. We only engage with the top 1 percent of talent. So whether you are looking to fill a particular position or to shore up your talent pool, we can help.

Our mission is to make agile staffing easy for companies like yours so see how YOSS can help you manage or add to your workforce below with YOSS Talent Pools. 

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Topics:Hire FreelancersSoftware Engineering